CFBA is hosting Elisha's Bones this week, too. I LOVED this book. It was international suspense/thriller with a strong archaeological component that I thoroughly enjoyed. As soon as I finished the book I tossed it to my husband and said, "Read this -- you'll love it."
This book had a sense of pacing that made me think of the DaVinci Code -- but in a good way. There were many things I hated about that book -- in this one the concept of a relic that could change the world with converging forces who wanted it for their own is done well. And the ending isn't neatly packaged -- until the last page. This book also avoids all that made me through the DaVinci Code against a wall. The writing is clean and compelling -- I couldn't believe it was a first novel. And the characters are richly drawn and thrust into exotic setting after exotic setting.
Great read for those who like their pulse pounding and the pages flipping as they wait to see what danger awaits the characters next.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Elisha's Bones, go HERE.
ABOUT Elisha's Bones
Every year, professor of antiquities Jack Hawthorne looks forward to the winter break as a time to hide away from his responsibilities. Even if just for a week or two. But this year, his plans are derailed when he's offered almost a blank check from a man chasing a rumor.
Billionaire Gordon Reese thinks he knows where the bones of the prophet Elisha are--bones that in the Old Testament brought the dead back to life. The bones of the prophet once raised the dead to life... but they vanished from history in a whisper.
Bankrolled by a dying man of unlimited means, Hawthorne's hunt spans the globe and leads him into a deadly conspiracy older than the church itself. A born skeptic, Jack doesn't think much of the assignment but he could use the money, so he takes the first step on a chase for the legendary bones that will take him to the very ends of the earth.
But he's not alone. Joined with a fiery colleague, Esperanza Habilla, they soon discover clues to a shadowy organization whose long-held secrets have been protected . . . at all costs. And he soon discovers those sworn to keep the secret of the bones will do anything to protect them. As their lives are threatened again and again, the real race is to uncover the truth before those chasing them hunt them down.
ABOUT Don Hoesel:
Don Hoesel was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but calls Spring Hill, TN home. He is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal.
He lives in Spring Hill with his wife and two children.
Elisha's Bones is his first novel.